March 29, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.315

Care News

This week’s Newsflash is being written from Sydney where I have been studying parts of the Australian care industry and comparing it to our own care sectors.

Some fundamental differences are that in the UK, approximately 94% of care provided is from the independent, mainly ‘for profit’ sector. By comparison, approximately 94% of the Australian care provision is provided by the ‘not for profit’ sector.

Much as in the UK in the 1970/1980’s the majority of the care provided in Australia is funded by Government resources whereas in the present time, financial assessment takes place in the UK as to who will pay or part pay for their care packages/residential care. There is also a large private care customer base who pay for all their care provision.

However, just as in the 1980’s when the UK Government of the time came to the realisation that in the future there was not going to be enough working people paying tax to fund care for everyone who might need it, the Australian government is coming to a similar conclusion and major changes in the care sectors are expected in the near future.

With reference to disability care, it is very unlikely that a British, young, disabled person with high dependency care needs is referred for living in an older persons residential home. This is the situation in Australia however where figures are given that aged care facilities have approximately 7500 younger people as residents.

The Government White Paper which would detail the new system under which older and disabled people would be looked after and the manner in which such care would be paid for, scheduled to be published next month is now more likely to be postponed until at least June.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) offers educational programs at over 800 groups throughout the UK and online. The organisation is now planning to offer a similar service in residential care homes for the benefit of residents who would like to embrace the idea, adding to their quality of life.

More than one in four hospital trusts have increased car parking charges, an NHS survey has found. Some hospitals in England have raised charges by up to 200 per cent. Hospital parking earns the NHS approx. £100 million pounds a year. Parking is mostly free in hospitals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited this week in Norwich, Derby and Cornwall.

Two ‘pop in’ reviews have taken place in Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire.

One carer received manual handling training.

Review meeting held in Cheltenham. Monthly visits took place to Hertfordshire clients.

Team meeting held in London.

Two new posts have commenced one in Scotland for a female, Care Manager is Julie, weekly wage is £554.00 per week inclusive, and another in London for a male, Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage is £571.00 per week inclusive.

Interesting Information / Statistics

A survey in 2010 advised that: more people 'fear losing independence in old age than death'.

Obesity rates are rising and ambulances are now being purchased or existing models adapted to transport patients of up to 50 stone in weight.

Question of the Week
"I am thinking of buying an elderly relative a riser chair for their 80th birthday. Looking around there are a large number of shops selling them. Is there any advice that you can give me as to which one I should choose before I go shopping?"

Answer : Riser chairs do come in many models and the advice I would offer is to visit the following web site: and download their guidance brochure ‘Are you sitting comfortably? A guide to riser recliner chairs’. The advice is comprehensive and I am sure would be of help to you.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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